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How to call Egypt (country code +20)

LAST UPDATE: April 5th, 2018

Calling to Egypt

… to a mobile (cellular) phone or text (SMS)

Use the same call sequence.

Mobile phone numbers begin with ‘1’. Phone numbers are often written as ’01’. Do not dial the leading ‘0’ when calling from outside the country.

When calling a mobile phone user, dial to the country where the mobile phone is registered, regardless of where the person is currently roaming.

… to a VoIP phone

Use the same call sequence.

When calling a VoIP phone user, cdial to the country where the VoIP phone is registered, regardless of where the person is currently roaming.

… to a satellite phone

Egypt does not have a country-specific satellite phone system.

Most satellite phones operate on their country code – calls to these satellite phones follow their call sequence.

… sending a fax

Use the same call sequence.

Calling within Egypt (domestic dialing)

‘0’ is used as a trunk prefix for calling to a different area code within Egypt.

Local calling (within the same area code)

To call within the same area code in Egypt dial only the local number. Do not dial the trunk prefix ‘0’ or the area code.

seven to eight digits
local phone number

Long distance calling (to a different area code, or from a mobile phone)

To call to a different area code within Egypt dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, then the three digit area code, then the local phone number.

0one to two digitsseven to eight digits
trunk prefixarea codelocal phone number

Mobile calling (to a mobile phone)

To call a mobile phone within Egypt dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, then the two digit carrier code, then the local phone number.

0two digitsnine digits
trunk prefixcarrier codelocal phone number

Egyptian phone numbers explained

Number details

Egyptian phone numbers are nine to ten digits (ten to eleven digits if including a leading ‘0’ that is not dialed when called from outside the country).

The first one to two digits is an area code that represents a geographic part of the country.

Mobile numbers are represented by area codes (carrier codes) starting with ’10’, ’11’, or ’12’.

An example of an Egyptian phone number

The Four Seasons Hotel Cairo lists its phone number in Cairo as 20 (2) 3567-1600.

Phone number explanation
2023567 1600
country code for Egyptarea (geographic) code for Cairolocal subscriber number in Cairo
Local example – calling from another location in Cairo, Egypt

To call within the same area code, dial only the local subscriber number. Do not dial the trunk prefix ‘0’ or the area code.

firstone
local subscriber number in Cairo
Long distance example – calling from Aswan, Egypt (on the other side of the country)

To call from a different area code, dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, then the area code, then the local phone number.

023567 1600
trunk prefixarea (geographic) code for Cairolocal subscriber number in Cairo
Mobile phone example – calling from a mobile phone (including a foreign mobile roaming in Egypt)

To call from a mobile phone, dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, then the area code, then the local phone number.

023567 1600
trunk prefixarea (geographic) code for Cairolocal subscriber number in Cairo
International example – calling from outside Egypt

To call from outside Egypt, dial the exit code of the country the call is dialed from, followed by Egypt’s country code of ’20’, followed by the local phone number.

Do not dial any leading ‘0’ listed in the Egyptian phone number.

exit code2023567 1600
exit code of the country the call is dialed fromtrunk prefixarea (geographic) code for Cairolocal subscriber number in Cairo

Calling from Egypt

’00’ is used as an exit code when dialing an international call from Egypt.

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